Friday, March 23 {Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN}

Listening Sessions at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC investigate the larger lineage of music and interconnected art disciplines and examine the evolving culture of listening. This special session presented at Big Ears in Knoxville, TN will focus on teachers, students, and events at BMC in 1952 that shaped arts and culture in the second half of the twentieth century. John Cage’s Theatre Piece No. 1, from 1952 and considered by most the first “happening”, included poetry read by M.C. Richards and Charles Olson, paintings and sound by Robert Rauschenberg, dance by Merce Cunningham, and music by David Tudor and John Cage. BMCM+AC directors Jeff Arnal and Alice Sebrell will discuss the fertile environment at Black Mountain College that expanded how sound and music link to interdisciplinary performance practices on the stage and in museums.

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